Concertsat First Church

Nov 7

Music for Harp and Organ – Nov 7


Harpist Jeanne Norton and organist Kevin Jones join forces to present a program of music written for harp and organ. Featured among the pieces to be presented is the Columbus premiere of Ad Wammes’s (b. 1953) Twilight, written in 2016. Wammes is a Dutch minimalist composer who played keyboards with the symphonic rock group Finch. Between 1983 and 1985 he wrote the music for 5 Sesame Street albums.From 1986 to 2002 he realised the music (composing, playing and recording) of 35 serials for TeleacNOT. In recent years he has concentrated more and more on composing “concert music”. His piece for organ Miroir meant his international breakthrough. It is being played all over the world by such renowned organists as Thomas Trotter, David Sanger and John Scott and has already been recorded 13 times on CD. In 2012 Boosey & Hawkes published two new works for organ Toccata Chromatica and Ride in a High-Speed Train followed by Interludes in 2014. His works for accordion are being published exclusively by Jetelina.

Jeanne Norton has been principal harpist and soloist with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus since 1979. She is the founder and director of HarpOhio, a performing ensemble for pre-college students, and is the lecturer of harp at The Ohio State University School of Music. In 1985 she served as national conference chair for the American Harp Society Salzedo Centennial Celebration. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, she studied with Alice Chalifoux and with Marjorie Tyre of the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Metropolitan Opera, and Anna Bukay of the Cincinnati Symphony.

Ms. Norton has been principal harpist and soloist with the Florida Symphony Orchestra and the American Festival Orchestra, Salerno, Italy. She appears regularly as recitalist and soloist in Ohio, and has performed with the orchestras of Columbus, Atlanta, Wheeling, Charleston, Akron, Canton, Naples-Marco Island and the Lancaster and Cincinnati May Festivals.

Strongly committed to encouraging new music for the harp, Ms. Norton commissioned two works from Harriet Bolz: the harp solo Narrative Impromptu, and Repartee Rhapsodic for flute and harp. In collaboration with Katherine Borst Jones, she has commissioned a new work for soprano, flute and harp by Dale Warland. A recent collaboration with the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra resulted in the commission of Disparate Dances by Stephen Montague, a concerto for flute, harp and chamber orchestra premiered in 2005. Ms. Norton travels and performs frequently with COSMOS, a flute/viola/harp trio. In 2007, they premiered a newly commissioned work, Columbus Triptych, by Steven Main, and another by Stephen Paulus.

As always for these Tuesday concerts, lunch is available in the Parish Hall following the 30 minute concert.